It’s that time of the year again where both naughty and nice trainers are planning their last workouts of the year. Christmas probably means travel, stress, and yuuup, missed workouts. Needless to say how much food is thrown at our face during this holiday season!

I don’t know about you, but I get put in a 2-week food coma after this holiday season. So, what we need --beyond fulfilling our holiday cravings-- is a workout that we can take anywhere to avoid gaining those apple pie and gingerbread cookie calories.

So what better way to finish the year than with an epic Christmas holiday themed workout? Let’s prep for those extra calories and then enjoy some pie!

That’s enough small talk! From snow angels to reindeer kicks, we’ve rounded up 6 Christmas themed exercises to squeeze into your pre-holiday feast!

Time to get in the Christmas spirit…

1. Snow Angels

Benefits: Intended to help people run faster and jump higher. Jumping jacks also improve heart health and strengthen bones.

jumping jacks

How to: First begin by standing with your legs straight and your arms to your sides. Then jump up and spread your feet beyond hip-width apart while bringing your arms above your head. Jump again and return to starting position.

2. Candy Kicks

Benefits: Works core muscles and strengthens back muscles.

flutter kicks

How to: Begin by laying down on your back, facing up and place both your hands underneath your buttocks. Keep your lower back on the ground as you lift the right leg off the ground slightly past your hip height, then lift the left leg a few inches off the floor. Hold for about 3 seconds and then switch the position of the legs, making a flutter kick.

3. Santa in a Hurry

Benefits: Great to strengthen core and shoulders.

cross body plank

How to: Begin in a plank position with your shoulders over your wrists, your feet together, and your body in a straight line. Pull your right knee to touch your left elbow, then release back to the starting position. Repeat in both sides.

4. Reindeer Kicks

Benefits: Activates your circulatory system, helps build core strength, and promotes weight loss.

crab kicks

How to: Sit on the mat with your knees bent, feet together and hands behind your fingers facing backward. Lift your hips up off the mat and kick your right leg up. Switch legs and repeat.

5. Christmas Pie Pushups

Benefits: targets and strengthens triceps, chest, shoulders, and core.

tricep pushups

How to: Start in a high plank position with your hands directly underneath your shoulders. Engage your core and keep your legs straight at hip level. Pull your arms in, close to your side, and make sure your elbows are directly pointed back. Slowly lower yourself toward the ground, keeping your elbows pointed back and your core engaged.

Lower until your arm, shoulder, and elbow make a 90-degree angle. Push hard into the floor, lift your body up, then repeat.

6. Peppermint stick plank

Benefits: Improve posture, flexibility, and metabolism. Also helps get rid of back pain and strengthens your core + oblique muscles.

plank

How to: Get into a forearm plank position. Make sure your elbows are on the ground directly underneath your shoulders with your feet hip-width apart. Your back should be flat and your head and neck in a neutral, relaxed position. Drive your elbows into the floor and squeeze your quads, glutes, and core!

So what do you say? Up for the Christmas challenge?

Repeat each exercise 20 times in sets of 3. Hold the plank positions for 60 seconds during each set.

Happy Holidays!

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